The No. 1 Houston Cougars (7-0 SU, 6-1 ATS) are 13-2 SU and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games played in December ahead of this Saturday night's game against the St. Mary's Gaels (6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS). The Cougars will look to kick off their 2022 December with a victory as a St. Mary's vs Houston prediction in Fort Worth.
St. Mary's vs Houston Sportsbook Odds
The Cougars opened as a 7.5-point favorite in this Battleground 2K22 matchup before receiving enough betting action to drive the St. Mary's vs Houston odds up to Houston -10. The total has climbed up to 117.5 points due to action on the OVER since Sportsbook at 115 points. The OVER is 8-4 in St. Mary's last 12 games.
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St. Mary's Has Cooled Off Since Hot Start To The Season
The Gaels suffered a 69-65 loss to the New Mexico Lobos on Wednesday night as 9.5-point favorites at home. Alex Ducas played great going 7-for-10 from the floor en route to a team-leading 25 points, but the rest of the team went just 14-for-37 on field goal attempts and no other player on the team scored more than 11 points. The loss came right after the team lost 68-64 as a 10.5-point favorite at home against the Washington Huskies.
Prior to these back-to-back losses as big favorites, St. Mary's had opened the season with a 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS record. The Gaels have been rock-solid on defense this year allowing only 57.5 points per game, but with an offense that ranks outside of the top 200 nationwide with only 71.5 points per game, the defense's margin for error is clearly quite low.
Houston Has Picked Up Where It Left Off Last Year
The Cougars coasted to an easy win and cover as 26.5-point favorites in a 100-52 blowout win over the Norfolk State Spartans on Tuesday night. Marcus Sasser hit seven three-pointers in the win and finished the night with 25 points in 27 minutes of action. Sasser is the team's leading scorer and the focal point of its offense this season averaging 18.1 points per game.
Last year, Houston had the third best scoring defense in the nation allowing 58.8 points per game and ended the season on a 10-2 SU and ATS run. The Cougars have picked up where they left off this year, leading the nation in scoring defense allowing only 48 points per game while compiling a 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS. Houston has won its first seven games by an average margin of victory of 29.9 points per game.
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St. Mary's: Keys To Victory
Points figure to be extremely tough to come by on Saturday night for this struggling Gaels offense facing one of the nation's best defensive teams. With this in mind, St. Mary's will need to have an excellent night on defense to have a shot as a St. Mary's vs Houston prediction in a low-scoring game.
Houston: Keys To Victory
The Cougars have been blowing teams away all season, and this matchup should be another easy assignment for the defense. As long as Marcus Sasser and the rest of this Cougars offense can generate some points against this stingy Gaels defense, the team should be able to earn a win as a St. Mary's vs Houston pick.
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